Discover Solovetsky Islands

Duration

4 days / 3 nights

Tourist activity

History & Culture Tours

Tourist destination

Karelia Tours, Arkhangel Tours

History, nature and culture of Karelia and Solovetsky

  • The tour begins in Petrozavodsk
  • Visit Kivach Reserve and the White Sea – Baltic Canal
  • Travel from Kem to Solovetsky Islands
  • Explore Solovki – monastery, nature, GULAG history
Itinerary
Day 1. Kivach Waterfalls and the White Sea – Baltic Canal
  • Included meals: Lunch, Dinner
Pick-up at the hotel or train station.
Travel to Kivach Nature Reserve (75 km).
Observe Kivach Waterfalls and visit a small museum of the Nature Reserve. Hike the nature trail.
Continue to the small town of Medgora (100 km).
Lunch at local restaurant.
In the village of Povenets observe the first locks of the White Sea - Baltic Canal. Constructed in 1932-33, the Canal connects Onego Lake and the White Sea. Visit Sandarmokh Memorial, a place where Gulag victims were secretly killed and buried in late 1930-s.
Continue to the town of Kem on the White Sea coast (290 km).
Dinner.
Overnight at Hotel “Prichal” or “Kemka” in Kem.
Day 2. Solovetsky Islands
  • Included meals: Breakfast
Breakfast.
Departure for Solovetsky Island by boat, travel time is about 2 hours.
Arrival at Solovetsky Island and transfer to the hotel.
Walking tour of Solovetsky Monastery and Fortress, including the inner bailey and a small graveyard, the Transfiguration Cathedral, churches, monastic cells, refectory, prison, fortress ramparts and one or two towers. Learn about the dramatic history of the monastery from the time of its foundation in the XV Century till modern days.
Visit the museum of Gulag prison and camp. Located in an old barrack of 1929, it holds documents, artefacts, photos and letters of prisoners of 1920-1939.
Independent dinner.
Overnight at hotel “Priut” or “Solovki hotel” on Solovki.
Day 3. Solovetsky Islands
  • Included meals: Breakfast
Breakfast.
Boat tour to Zayatsky Island. The Island is interesting in terms of both history and nature.
The main attraction of the Island is a small wooden church of St. Andrew the Apostle, built in 1702.
Thirteen stone labyrinths are located on the Island. There is a theory that these labyrinths are in fact pagan “sanctuaries” built several thousand years ago.
After the return, free time for lunch. Pick up the luggage at the hotel and transfer to the port in time for the boat to Kem.
Departure for Kem
Overnight at hotel “Prichal” or “Kemka” in Kem.*

*For those leaving for St. Petersburg we will arrange a transfer to the train station and deduct the cost of the hotel in Kem.

Day 4. Departure from Kem
  • Included meals: No
Transfer to the train station.
Dates and prices

Price:

DBL/TWIN room – 39500 Rubles per person

SGL room – 46000 Rubles per person

Discount for children 3-16 – 3000 Rubles

Children 0-2 – Free of charge

Dates:

17 – 20 June 2021

15 – 18 July 2021

29 July – 01 August 2021

12 – 15 August 2021

26 – 29 August 2021

09 – 12 September 2021

Included

1. Hotel accommodation.
2. Meals as per the itinerary.
3. Transportation as per the itinerary.
4. Tours as per the itinerary with English-speaking guide.